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City That Never Sleeps (1953)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | 12 June 1953 (USA)
Johnny Kelly, who plans on resigning from the police force and leaving his wife the next day, has a very eventful last night on duty.

Director:

John H. Auer

Writer:

Steve Fisher
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Gig Young ... Johnny Kelly
Mala Powers ... Sally 'Angel Face' Connors
William Talman ... Hayes Stewart
Edward Arnold ... Penrod Biddel
Chill Wills ... Sgt. Joe, the 'Voice of Chicago'
Marie Windsor ... Lydia Biddel
Paula Raymond ... Kathy Kelly
Otto Hulett ... Sgt. John 'Pop' Kelly Sr.
Wally Cassell ... Gregg Warren
Ron Hagerthy ... Stubby Kelly
James Andelin James Andelin ... Lt. Parker
Tom Poston ... Detective (as Thomas Poston)
Bunny Kacher Bunny Kacher ... Agnes DuBois
Philip L. Boddy Philip L. Boddy ... Maitre d'Hotel
Thomas Jones Thomas Jones ... Fancy Dan
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Storyline

Chicago cop Johnny Kelly, dissatisfied with his job and marriage, would like to run away with his stripper girlfriend Angel Face, but keeps getting cold feet. During one crowded night, Angel Face decides she's had enough vacillation, and crooked lawyer Biddel has an illegal mission for Johnny that could put him in a financial position to act. But other, conflicting schemes are also in progress... Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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...from the Honky Tonks to the penthouses...the creeps, the hoods, the killers come out to war with the city!


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 June 1953 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Chicago - 12 Uhr Mitternacht See more »

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Production Co:

Republic Pictures (I) See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The building in which the robbery takes place was filmed in the Marquette Building in downtown Chicago. See more »

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Stuntman Dale Van Sickel is clearly seen instead of actor William Talman in the shot where Hayes Stewart jumps over the skylight during the rooftop chase. See more »

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[first lines]
Sgt. Joe, the 'Voice of Chicago': I am the city, the hub and heart of America...
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Crazy Credits

This motion picture is respectfully dedicated to the police and police departments of America - a brave army of men and women who form our first line of defense in preserving our sacred principles of personal liberty and justice. We gratefully acknowledge the valuable assistance given by the City of Chicago and its police and Police Department, whose cooperation made this picture possible. See more »

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Superior B noir film
18 June 2008 | by robert-temple-1See all my reviews

This film set in Chicago in 1952 starts ponderously with a voice-over of 'the voice of the city', strangely that of actor Chill Wills (whose voice is more that of a cowpoke or a ranch hand, thus highly unsuitable for this purpose), who then appears in the crime story as a ghostly police sergeant representing the spirit of the city. Really, we could have done without those affectations, and Wills's acting attempts to be mysterious are worse. However, setting all that aside, the rest of the film is a pretty straightforward crime drama which is very good. Gig Young plays a disillusioned policeman vacillating between leaving and staying with his wife and quitting and keeping his job. One wants to kick him so that he stops dithering, but the story requires him to be like that. There are some strong performances: Mala Powers is good as a wild love interest of Young's, Edward Arnold is suave and persuasive as a bent criminal lawyer, Marie Windsor as usual is svelte and corrupt, and William Talman is very effective as a bonkers criminal who wants to shoot everybody, and nearly does. It's all good entertainment, if you look the other way when the pontificating is going on. One needs to take it with a pinch of paprika (the director, John Auer, was Hungarian).


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